Murs – A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable Review

This release is an excellent example of how to turn around a horrid point in life. After what Murs has been through, it shows incredible strength to not only stay a functioning person but to also be able to use it in their music? not many can utilise pain in this way, especially in such a cohesive and poignant album.

The production, handled exclusively by Michael “Sevens” Summers, fits perfectly with what Murs is saying on each song. The chemistry between this producer and rapper is crystal clear every second of this project and keeps it flowing nicely. With the wide variation of vibes here, there is not a lot that could be worked on.

The lyricism is amazing, with Murs showing his wordplay and also great story telling skills. Every line is crafted to work perfectly with the beat as well as the overall messages on the songs. Maybe a little more flow experimentation could make a little more excitement but there is no doubt that these are some fantastic performances from a true wordsmith.

The features all help to keep this fresh with additional voices to break up any monotony. All have top skills of their own and keep the quality high with their contributions. There is a slim chance that some more singers could give another softer edge, but Murs handles that on his own with the content.

Overall, this is a really amazing album that explores a lot of different feelings and shows that it is possible to keep living after a tragic event. Hopefully Murs continues to work on his music and personal issues so hip hop can continue to recieve these gifts of his.

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Roc C – Stoned Genius 2 Review

This is a great project as it has a mixture of all the different types of content you could hope for. There is something for everyone on this project and Roc C does a good job showing he can perform well while making music people can enjoy.

The production is great with a few tracks shining out while a few fall a little short. As he attempts to appeal to all, he shows which songs he is more adept at creating but it is good to see himself trying to expand his range. There are no complaints when an artist is trying to better them self.

The lyricism is excellent with Roc C using great delivery to turn even his average bars into hard hitting rhymes that are always enjoyable. His wordplay is clever but not the most complex. Roc should still utilise his incredible vocal powers, but maybe try to use more different lyrical devices to mix it up a bit more.

The features are fantastic and really help make this a great project. Roc C recruits some of the most underrated artists to help create some very cohesive works that merge into this tracklist, but without becoming a sloppy mess. Maybe a few more singers could give this a little edge, but there is definitely no issue with his guest selection.

Overall, this project could be a breakout release for Roc C if enough people give him a chance. This is worthy of a chart spot, but people need to be open to hearing new things from new people.

Fashawn – The Ecology Review

This is a fantastic album reminiscent of Nas as Fashawn takes a narrative stance throughout the project and creates a great feeling of education through enjoyment of the music. If he stays on a role like this, Fashawn could have a great Hip Hop career.

The production is great and has a wide range that allows Fashawn to explore a large variety of songs and emotions. Energy levels rise and dip appropriately with how the listener should be feeling and helps to create a very cohesive listening experiance. There is not a whole lot that can be critiscised about the beats on thois project as it is clear that Fashawn has a great ear for these things.

The lyricism us clever and enticing to listen to. The wordplay and other lyrical techniques weave a colourful tapestry of imagery that draws you in and really helps to show that Fashawn should be ranked amoung the top lyricists. Again, there is not a whole lot to criticise. Possibly, some more positive tracks could be thrown in but that is pretty much it.

The features are also enjoyable and show how well Fashawn’s style blends with others to create great tracks. A combination of big names and people he has good chemistry with helps to make some great guest verses and some standout tracks. Maybe some more experimental features would better showcase Fashawn’s rapping ability but his choices here are all good choices.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project as well as educational to the listener. Fashawn does a great job putting this album together and if it is an indicator of things to come, he could have a very successful future in the rap game.

Fashawn and Alchemist – FASH-ionably Late Review

This is a great and cohesive project from both Fashawn and Alchemist on their chosen area of the mixtape. Clocking in at only nine tracks long, this project had to be cohesive and it definitely is. This helps to make it an easy listening experience that leaves you wanting to listen to it again.

The production is great, taking you back to the nineties sound while being able to content with more modern production for entertainment. The sounds are reminiscent of times when rap was emerging as a force to be reckoned with and you can feel that in the chemistry between Alchemist and Fashawn.

The lyricism is very good and Fashawn excels in his story telling abilities. Fashawn is able to describe in his raps that the listener may as well be watching it unfold on a screen. His abilities remind the listeners of Nas as Fashawn is that good at the story telling. Fashawn shows great lyrical ability and he should continue to develop it further into the realms of greatness.

Fashawn goes it lyrically alone with no features, which is a bold choice in todays Hip Hop climate, but with his own lyrical ability being so great it isn’t a surprise. If he can go it alone without bringing in extra help, why not as it shows him in a stringer light as an artist.

Overall, this short mixtape is a great show of how a rapper and a producer can put out some great work together. It flows together well, tells some great stories and is entertaining to listen to. Fashawn and Alchemist should continue to work together and make great Hip Hop for lovers of the genre all across the world.